By David Oyedepo
GOD’S supernatural provisions are for you. So, why die in poverty when you can live in prosperity and abundance? Hear this: God’s Word is loaded with treasures for your comfort and pleasure. We live in a Kingdom of mysteries. When you understand and apply them, they confer mastery on you. Last week, I brought you the introductory segment of this teaching.
This week, I will show you some characteristics of we-alth outside God’s Kingdom (worldy riches) and chara-cteristics of wealth in God’s Kingdom (covenant wealth).
Let me start by saying that it is possible to be wealthy outside the Kingdom. There are quite many wealthy people in the world today that don’t know Jesus. The rich man in the days of Lazarus the beggar didn’t know Jesus. He was rich when he was here, but he ended up in hell! So, it is possible to be wealthy on earth and be without Christ.
How is it possible? By many means—human wisdom, human strength, involvement in too many different jobs, various dubious acts, gambling, forgery, etc. Wealth is possible outside the Kingdom.
Characteristics of worldly riches: Let us consider the characteristics of wealth outside the Kingdom of God, which should be enough to discourage anybody from it.
Pride: Wealth outside the Kingdom of God makes room for pride, and pride is a social cancer. It kills, it destroys! Why is it so cheap for him to be proud? Because he sees his wealth as what his own hands have made. Thus, it is easy for him to become puffed-up.
In Acts 12, Herod made an oration and the people shouted: “… the voice of a god, and not of a man.” He proudly pulled up his shoulders in acceptance of the people’s praises. The Bible says worms came and ate him up instantly! This shows that pride has worms inside it that eats people up. Nebuchad-nezzar grew so strong that God was no longer relevant to him and then God demoted him into the animal kingdom.
For seven years, he moved about under the dews of the day. The rich fool said: “I have done this, I have done that … I will now say to my soul, My soul, rest, eat, drink…” There is hardly any way anyone can make it outside the kingdom without being proud of such achievement. Pride is a silent killer. It destroys without remedy.
Insecurity: Wealth outside the kingdom is chara-cterized by a deep sense of insecurity. Such people run around and do everything to protect what they have. A certain ruler met Jesus to whom Jesus said: “… Sell all that thou hast and distribute unto the poor…”
In his response, the scriptures record that the certain ruler “… was very sorrowful: for he was very rich” (Luke 18:18-23). Every rich man outside the kingdom of God is plagued by a deep sense of insecurity. This makes them to run around everywhere, looking for how to protect what their hands have wrought. His hand wrought it, consequently, his hand must protect it.
Temporary: Wealth outside the Kingdom never truly lasts, because, “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be dimi-nished” (Proverbs 13:11). God’s Word says you have no business being envious of the wicked that prosper, because he is placed on slippery grounds that won’t be able to keep him for long.
When next you look for him, he is nowhere to be found. You will look for him and not find him (Psalms 73:18). The riches of the wealthy outside the Kingdom is slippery. After a while, you can’t see the man again; he is gone! So, we say it is temporary. It is very deceitful.
Sorrowful: Wealth outside the Kingdom of God is accompanied by sorrow. We read in I Timothy 6:10 that: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”